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Come visit the shorelines of Kincardine this Summer

Welcome to Kincardine—a town full of excitement and entertainment all summer long!  

This is the spot where Lake Huron features one its top beaches plus a sunset that will be in your memory for years to come. 

The Kincardine Lighthouse and Marine Museum are popular destinations for visitors downtown. Historically, the lighthouse guarded the shores for salt and lumber exporters—today, it still guards the shores for incoming fishermen. The Marine Museum houses ancient marine artifacts from Kincardine and surrounding areas, and details mysteries about local shipwrecks!  

The Kinloss Tract Trails are another fun way to get out and experience the adventures Kincardine has to offer! The Trails are located just outside Kincardine, and offer single and double track trails, as well as old forest access road. The Trails are open starting in May, weather permitting, and welcome cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders! Some other action-packed trails for hiking and cycling include the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park, the Stoney Island Conservation Area, and the Kincardine Trails network. At the north end of the Kincardine beach, the Penetangore Path, runs inland 4 km along the Penetangore River to Geddes Property Environment Park and is a great place to setup for a family picnic!  Downtown has many shops with local treats and eats! 

For all the history buffs out there, Kincardine has introduced new Heritage Walking Tours, and are available online, and at local visitors centers! The Paddy Walker Heritage Center is also a fun way to explore Kincardine’s heritage. As Bruce County’s first and oldest hotel, the Walker House serves as a local museum and houses heritage crafts classes, guest speakers, and more! 
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For a lighter adventure, stroll through the shops in downtown Kincardine, and stop for lunch at one of the local Kincardine eateries! Have a light snack and coffee at Bean’s Bistro, or chow down at the Bruce Steakhouse!  This spring bring the family, friends, and even the family pooch out to Kincardine to take on a new adventure! 
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Parking
Free parking is available at the following locations:       

  • main beach
  • downtown streets and side streets


History of Kincardine

Kincardine is named in honour of James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine and the Governor General of Canada in 1850. One of the earliest towns in Bruce County, Kincardine grew rapidly and soon boasted of a harbour, breakwater, and lighthouse, a busy commercial fishing industry and salt mines.  When the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway arrived in the 1870s, Kincardine took off as the population swelled and new industries were built. The wealth of the community is today reflected in one of the largest gatherings of significant 19th century domestic architecture to be found anywhere in Ontario.

Kincardine is a romantic town with a strong Scottish heritage that seems to be everywhere.  Once upon a time, a schooner in peril was guided into the harbour by the sound of a bagpipe echoing from shore.  Today, a phantom piper plays on summer evenings, atop the Kincardine lighthouse.  And in July, the town resounds to pipe and drum bands during Kincardine’s annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games.  Kincardine is a destination of choice, a chance to step back in time at this Jewel on the Lake Huron Shore.

Fun Fact

Why not pay a visit to Dr. Solomon Secord?  His statue stands beside the Kincardine Public Library, a hometown tribute to the only Canadian doctor to serve with the Confederacy during the American Civil War.   A much beloved town physician, Dr. Secord came from the same family as Laura Secord, the heroine of the War of 1812.